Concept Weaver

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A Korean Speaker chimes in on my children's use of "Sir".


After reading all the YouTube comments from people upset about my children saying “Yes Sir” Roy Jang decided to educate me a bit about different levels of formality used in different cultures.  I found it to be rather insightful.

Coming from a Korean perspective, this “Sir” concept doesn’t seem that foreign to me. It’s actually sort of built into my mother tongue. There are varying degrees of “formal speech” if you will in Korean. And yes, you will come across different Koreans with differing opinions on this issue, but this degree of formality that I see between Dustin and his son is what I would call formal casual. It’s the kind of language you would use most often between coworkers, teachers and students, sometimes between parents and children, and it also happens where you would least expect it, between married couples. If you were to interview such a couple that used this formal casual speech, you wouldn’t see that such folks were trying to maintain distance between each other by talking thus, but actually to further stress that they are listening intently and responding also with equal earnest.

Most commonly, couples will speak informally most of the time, but then suddenly switch to this formal casual when they want to add sincerity to their tone. But none of this appears foreign to anyone in Korea, including to those who use informal speech to almost everyone they meet.

The tone that I think many mistake this “Sir” scenario for, is what I would call absolute formal. In Korea, this is military speech. You would see this degree of formality when addressing the president of your company, the representative leader of your nation, or any superior that is absolutely business and not in any way familiar. Now, this would indeed be an odd tone to use between any two familiar people. But casual formal? Believe it or not, this degree of formality can be used playfully, lovingly, and intimately.

Now English has none of this built in, so it’s really difficult to distinguish unless you have some context. But any foreigner that speaks a language with varying degrees of formality should easily distinguish this as being a formal casual type of conversation.

Man, this was really interesting.  I especially like the part where he said “This level of formality can be used playfully, lovingly, and intimately.”  Thanks for writing this to me Roy.  I really appreciate your perspective.

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Fibonacci you crazy man…

As seen in the solar system (by no ridiculous coincidence), Earth orbits the Sun 8 times in the same period that Venus orbits the Sun 13 times! Drawing a line between Earth & Venus every week results in a spectacular FIVE side symmetry!!

Lets bring up those Fibonacci numbers again: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34..

So if we imagine planets with Fibonacci orbits, do they create Fibonacci symmetries?!

You bet!! Depicted here is a:

  • 2 sided symmetry (5 orbits x 3 orbits)
  • 3 sided symmetry (8 orbits x 5 orbits)
  • sided symmetry (13 orbits x 8 orbits) - like Earth & Venus
  • sided symmetry (21 orbits x 13 orbits)

I wonder if relationships like this exist somewhere in the universe….

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Reading some of these interviews with Localizers from back in the day, reminded me of how much I missed on the Sega side of consoles.

The Shining Force series, Panzer DragoonPhantasy Star (mostly), and numerous other games. Mostly RPGs or action adventure titles, of course, but still!

I looked into emulators recently for Sega CD, which doesn’t seem that bad. Sega Saturn, on the other hand, sounds like it is still very primitive even after 16 some-odd years since the console came out. I don’t know if I’ll be able to play half of the stuff I’ve always wanted to on it.

While several of the Sega CD games are elsewhere, the Saturn had a lot of exclusive stuff that the Playstation didn’t - or at least that I never found. It saddens me that I may never be able to properly enjoy many of these titles.

If you want a Saturn emulator that is focused on reproducing the capabilities of a real Sega Saturn, look no further than SSF.

It has pretty solid compatibility with the majority of Saturn’s library, though you may need to tweak a few configuration settings for some games to work (like enabling the SH2 cache for Astal to work). This is easily done in the options menu.

If you have a computer that has Windows xp installed on it, Cassini was a hacked version of the GiriGiri emulator which Sega purchased in order to offer Saturn games such as Panzer Dragoon Zwei on PC via their Japanese CyberDisc B-Club Service.

Cassini’s speed and ability to use your computer’s GPU to render polygons at higher resolutions in polygonal games makes it the only Saturn emulator I’ve ever used to successfully play games like Panzer Dragoon Zwei or Panzer Dragoon Saga at above 1080p, but Cassini’s compatibility list is very very short.

Both SSF and Cassini will work with a physical CD-ROM drive, so if you have original discs or burned discs, playing them should be a cinch, once you tell the emulator which disc drive on your computer it should use.

If you only have disc images like ISO files, you can use a virtual disc program like Alcohol 120% or DiscJuggler to mount the disc images in the virtual drive and just tell the emulator to use the virtual drive.

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does anyone know how to setup a sega saturn emulator?
idk i’ve been trying on and off for 2 years and it’s just given me so much trouble. :/

Try using SSF. It’s the only Saturn emulator out there that is close to completely emulating the system with good compatibility for most games.

If you have an old computer that still runs Windows xp around you could dig up Cassini which was a hacked version of the GiriGiri emulator that Sega had bought and used to make a few Saturn games like Panzer Dragoon Zwei playable on PC and it actually runs a few Saturn games at high resolution, using your computer’s graphics card, which is pretty cool, but the list of games that Cassini plays is much shorter than SSF.